Sa’mya Mooney sits in her new fifth grade classroom at Eisenhower Elementary School.

School is officially back in session for USD 475 students in first through 12th grade.

Eisenhower Elementar School Principal Amy Roether said she is hopeful for the upcoming 2019-’20 school year.

“I would say that it’s a very exciting feeling,” she said. “The staff have worked very, very hard his week to prepare classrooms and lessons for students. We’ve had some issues with our parking lot. Everybody is handling everything very well. Everybody’s incredibly motivated for the school year to begin.”

For Eisenhower in particular, Roether said, there are concerns about changes to dismissal at the end of the school day.

“We’re just asking parents to follow those procedures because we want all of those students and our staff to be safe,” she said.

Roether said her staff was not especially worried, even in light of recent shootings, about the possibility of a shooting taking place at Eisenhower or at other district buildings because there are safety protocols in place.

“We have already had things in place in the school district,” she said. “We have some incredible individuals that help us with our safety protocols.”

Students routinely do drills and educators receive regular training on what to do during an active shooter scenario.

“We’re just going to keep on doing what we’ve been doing and pray that nothing ever happens,” Roether said.

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